I know that many of you were probably distracted by college football over the weekend (and rightfully so), but a couple MLB contenders made some big moves on Saturday.
For starters, the now 1st place Pirates added yet another piece for their postseason run in the form of 2006 AL MVP Justin Morneau. This move comes only days after the Pirates bolstered their outfield by acquiring Marlon Byrd from the Mets.
Bryd, in what is already the best year of his career is on pace for 26 HR and 90 RBI while hitting a very respectable .286. Meanwhile Morneau is not quite what he used to be when he won the MVP in 2006 with the Twins, but he is still a very polished hitter who brings much needed experience to this young playoff bound team.
Many people criticized the Pirates at the deadline for not making a move, and I was one of them, but they certainly made up for it this week.
Secondly, the Dodgers made a move that might not seem like such a big deal for a team that has been so hot, but I thought it was absolute genius. Acquiring 3rd baseman Michael Young from the Phillies, one could argue, was completely unnecessary. However, the Dodgers have added what is an extremely professional hitter who gives you much more depth whether you decide to start Young or Juan Uribe at 3rd.
See, the Dodgers know that to get through the NL to the world series (which is their only goal), they are going to have to play many close games against some tough NL bullpens. You want guys like Michael Young coming off your bench.
That is all; back to college football you may return.
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